The Dunstable Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club (DHPC) is a popular club with about 200 members. We can often be seen flying at the Downs and also at our other sites around the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire and Bucks.
We have three hill flying sites; Sharpenhoe Clappers, Chinnor and Dunstable Downs. We also have access to a farm airstrip for SPHG flying (powered Hang Gliders and Paramotors).
All our sites are Members only. This is due to the agreements in place that were negotiated to gain a right to fly these sites.
Please do not jeopardize this for us.
Full Members who wish to fly at Dunstable Downs, must attend the Airspace Briefing with the Lead Coach before flying at the Downs for the first time. Upon completion pilots are issued with a lifetime Helmet Airspace Sticker. Briefings can be arranged at any weekend or on the organised Briefing days as notified by email or the Club Facebook page. Contact the Lead Coach for more information. The Airspace Brief and other docs for download can be found here.
Pilots who do NOT have an Helmet Airspace Sticker are NOT allowed to fly at Dunstable Downs.
No Sticker – No Flying – No Exceptions!
Learning to Fly
The DHPC cannot teach you to fly. Our club is for pilots that have already qualified from a BHPA Registered School. You can only fly with our Club once you have passed the BHPA ‘Club Pilot‘ Rating at a BHPA Registered School. You must also have your own glider and equipment before flying with us.
For more in-depth information about learning to fly a hang-glider or paraglider from our Club Senior Coach – click here
Air Experience Flights
The DHPC does NOT provide air-experience days or tandem flights to the general public. Again, you should contact the BHPA should you wish to arrange this at a BHPA Registered School.
Join our Club
To join our club, please visit the GroupSpaces website and click the ‘Join Group’ button. You must join the Club GroupSpaces site before you pay for your Club membership. You must also be a current BHPA member with a Club Pilot (CP) minimum rating. See the two membership options below:
Full Membership (£20) – this allows members to fly at Dunstable Downs, Chinnor, Sharpenhoe & Holmbeck Farm (for Powered Paragliders and Hang-Gliders only). All pilots joining are required to pass the Airspace Brief. Click here to join.
Limited Membership (£5) – this allows Members to ONLY fly at Chinnor, Sharpenhoe & Holmbeck Farm, but NOT at Dunstable Downs. Pilots do NOT require the Airspace Brief.
Click here to join.
The DHPC and Luton Airspace
Please note: The Dunstable Downs site operates inside Luton CTR – Class-D airspace, which is restricted to all unauthorised aircraft from Surface to 3,500ft AMSL. We can ONLY fly in this airspace under the rules outlined in the Letter of Agreement (LOA) issued by the CAA. The LOA can be found on the GroupSpaces website.
Pilots must be a BHPA and DHPC members. Pilots wishing to fly at Dunstable Downs must be signed off as having passed the mandatory Airspace Brief before being allowed to fly at the Downs. Please read the Site guide and legal requirements.
Note: you do NOT require the Airspace Briefing if you have joined the club via the £5 limited membership option.
Download Airspace Briefing Documents
The Airspace Brief and other docs for download can be found here.
The documents are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them which can be downloaded from here.
Club T-Shirts are now available for purchase. We only have the ‘Large’ size left (Medium and X-Large sizes have sold out). These come in Black, emblazoned with the Club logo on the front and sleeve. Click here to visit the Shop to buy.